EPISODE 10 | AMAZONIA. WHERE THE LEGEND BEGINS
Surrounded by hundreds of revolutionarie
Good morning Amazon, I seem to hear.
It is called Leonardo Tello Imaina, indigenous Kukama. He is the director of Radio Ucamara in Nauta (Iquitos-Peru).
Radio Ucamara speaks directly to the conscience because it informs, protect, share, teach and listen. The consciences of whose? Of all.
The Radio waves of Ucamara go fearless through the intricacies of the forest coming to the ears of indigenous and peasants and all minorities who live near the river and for the river.
Today? - I ask.
Today the river is polluted. All these people, he says as he points to the river, is threatened. There is an old oil pipeline that runs through the Amazon to the Pacific Ocean. A pipeline has several times broken. When you know it is too late ... the years have poured hundreds of barrels of oil.
Who? Multinationals, the interests ... the corruption of politicians who, instead of defending the rights of their people, sell off the health of entire communities, regardless of the environmental damage, and just to get rich. Do you understand?
We are talking of the Marañón river, right? - I ask more and more serious.
Yes, the Marañón ... it is here to fifty feet. Our river is wealth because it is fish, is a way of communication, it is business, it is social and, not least, is spirituality. Leonardo stares intently as he adds: - Our women have long and black hairs and washing them bowing their heads, immersing them in the river as to establish a connection, a spiritual bond. Do you understand?
Now they want to dredge it for create a waterway - always continues Leonardo. To dredge the river means remove sediment that are already on the seabed. The sediments contain anything that carries the current and fixed: fertilizers crop agribusiness, harmful substances from the mines and illicit drug trafficking and chemical residues. For this reason, according to the head of the Pacaya Samiria reserve, Herman Ruiz, those compounds composed of heavy metals and elements difficult to dispose will contaminate the river carrying very big damage to the health of the inhabitants that are living and take feed thanks to the river.
He always speaks firmly and calmly as the pace of a train whose destination is the salvation. The salvation of his people through the protection and preservation of the environment and their culture.
Leonardo continues to speak: - To safeguard the future, undermined by the interests of a few, we have to defend our identity, starting with the language.
He stares at me silently for ten long seconds and then add: - In radio, there are broadcasts in Kokuna, our language. Our language should be saved because with it we will save with our customs, costumes, stories and traditions, being mostly just verbal, in danger of being lost forever. This is why groups of teachers (mostly elderly) impart to many young language lessons of Kokuna. Good for the heart it is to listen our children as they speak the Kokuna. They are the hope, the next guardian of hope.
Perhaps the hope is the last to die or it is just the first to be born, I think. In radio a woman is talking and defending the rights of peasants. I feel surrounded by hundreds of revolutionaries ... are strong words.
Nauta (Iquitos), Peru 2015
Header 1: Radio Ucamara
Header 2: Harbour of Nauta.
Header 3: A family just landed from a boat - Rio Marañón.
Header 4: Nauta.
Header 5: A small village on the Rio Marañón.
Photo 1: Harbor of Nauta.
Photo 2: Nauta.
Photo 3: Nauta.
Photo 4: Ludmilla, indigenous Kukama.
Photo 5: Radio Ucamara.
Photo 6: Nauta view from a boat on the Rio Marañón.
Photo 7: Ship for transporting fuel on the Rio Marañón.
Photo 8: Indigenous Urarina wash dishes on the river.
Photo 9: Rio Marañón.
Photo 10: Fish just caught and clean - Rio Marañón.
Photo 11: A child with his little monkey aboard a boat on the Rio Marañón.